Module Catalogue

HSC8052 : Further Qualitative Research Methods

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Joy Adamson
  • Lecturer: Dr Stephanie Scott, Dr Amy O'Donnell, Ms Claire Bamford, Dr Richard Lee
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to provide all students with the conceptual and practical knowledge to be able to undertake more rigorous qualitative research.

Further Qualitative Research Methods enables students to move beyond thinking that qualitative research is just about talking to people in interviews and focus groups. Combining lectures, practical sessions and self-directed group work this module seeks to provide those interested in discovering more about qualitative research with a sound grounding in a range of approaches. On completion of the module, students will have gained theoretical knowledge and practical experience in ethnographic, document, talk-based and mixed-methods studies, as well as undertaking rigorous qualitative analysis of a range of data sets. This module will equip all students with the necessary knowledge and skills to plan and conduct rigorous qualitative research.

Outline Of Syllabus

The Further Qualitative Research Methods module will cover the following topics:
•       An introduction to ethnographic research;
•       Introduction to text and document based research;
•       Introduction to talk and interaction based research;
•       Key issues to consider when undertaking mixed methods studies;
•       Introduction to key approaches for rigorous analysis.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:007:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical71:007:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study172:0072:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module aims to provide students with the confidence and skills to undertake rigorous qualitative research.

In order to ensure that all students are at a similar level of comprehension, students will be asked to read and prepare, prior to the face-to-face lectures and practical sessions.

The face-to-face teaching is designed to deliver theoretical and conceptual issues around conducting a range of research methods and methodologies. There will be a mixture of lectures, practical sessions and group work during which students will be encouraged to interact with one another and discuss and practice specific qualitative research methods and methodologies. There is a focus on practical sessions and group learning which is the most effective way to impart the skills required for qualitative research.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100Students will undertake analysis of qualitative data and will produce a 2000 word assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will undertake analysis of qualitative data. They will be provided with a data pack including interviews, fieldnotes, texts and audio-recordings of interactions. They will have to choose one source of data to analyse in detail. They will produce a 2000 word assessment including: the approach they took to analysing the data; the findings from the analysis, including examples of coded data or analytic memos; and the range of methods they would employ if they had to collect more data to further their analysis.

Qualitative data analysis involves a constant interplay between working with data (reading and marking up data) and writing about data (creating analytic memos, creating written reports of findings). This assessment will enable us to assess student’s skills and knowledge in actually conducting qualitative analysis. Students will be expected to refer to the rationale for choosing a specific approach to data analysis and the range of methods they would employ if they had to collect more data.

Reading Lists